The curtain rose on a tale as old as time the weekend of Feb. 9 for the S.S. Seward Middle School Drama Club’s rousing presentation of “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Jr.”
Based on the original Broadway production, “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Jr.” tells the classic story of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If
the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed to his former self.
Under the direction of Tamara Martino, the Middle School Counselor, the “Beauty” cast and crew worked for weeks to bring the beloved fairytale to life. Help from parent volunteers and members of the high school’s drama club
helped make the musical shine.
“Both the High School and the Middle School Drama Clubs work with each other,” said Seward Principal Michael Rheaume. “They’re like a family. The High School students help with set design, lighting and choreography and the
Middle School does the same for the High School production.”
Mr. Rheaume added that collaboration between the two drama clubs helps bridge the distance between the younger students and the high schoolers. The older students become mentors and role models, he said, and everyone learns from the experience.
“It’s awesome to see how everyone comes together to make the shows the successes they are,” he said.